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An exclusive collection of images featuring the Eden Hore fashion collection has finally been unveiled.

In late 2019, internationally acclaimed fashion industry professionals Derek Henderson, Vogue India head of editorial content Megha Kapoor and model Hannah Clark Otago to photograph the late Eden Hore’s high fashion collection.

The collection of almost 300 couture dresses accumulated by the high country farmer gives a snapshot of New Zealand fashion in the 1970s and ’80s.

Shot on location at St Bathans, the Bannockburn Sluicings and Poolburn Dam, the images were captured using medium format film in a subtle nod to the collection’s era.

The suite of images were revealed at a private “first look” event hosted by the Central Otago District Council (CODC), in conjunction with Te Papa last month.

The CODC bought the Eden Hore Collection from the Hore family in 2013 for $40,000 and a steering group was set up to determine its future.

In 2019 the CODC entered into a partnership agreement with Te Papa, formalising its support of the council holding the collection.

Central Otago District Mayor and Eden Hore Central Otago Steering Group chairman Tim Cadogan said work had been done to ensure the future of the collection and he was excited to be at a point to share more widely the “story of the journey to date and the

“Over the past few years there has been a lot of behind-the-scenes work, seeking out opportunities for the collection and finding ways to ensure that its magic can continue to be enjoyed into the future,” Mr Cadogan said.

The combination of Eden Hore and Central Otago created a “magical proposition” people engaged with, and the steering group was preparing innovative projects for the near future, he said.

“The Central Otago region has an opportunity now to honour Eden Hore’s singular vision, to do something really special and feel really proud about it.”

The photographs have been produced as a limited-edition series and will feature at The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary art galleries.

The photos will be displayed alongside 25 of Eden’s couture garments in the “Eden Hore: High Fashion/High Country” exhibition as part of the gallery’s 50th anniversary.

The exhibition will open December 4 and run for three months.

Central Otago residents do not miss out, though. The CODC is arranging a series of pop-up visitor displays throughout the region, featuring the photographs and stories surrounding the collection.

The locations of the pop-up series are yet to be announced.

More information about the Eden Hore Collection is now available online with the launch of dedicated website www.edenhorecentralotago.com.